The Allman Brothers Band has served as breeding ground for some of the greatest guitarists around, namely Duane Allman, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks. While the late, great slide master Duane was a peerless icon of the electric blues, his counterpart in establishing the Allmans’ signature twin-guitar sound has been less celebrated: fellow founding member Dickey Betts.

Betts injected the band with a healthy dose of jazz and country, often served up with his own take on the blues, and was the major architect of the Allmans’ extended in-concert improvisational forays. Protracted instrumentals such as “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Jessica” showcase Betts’ stellar mastery of theme and variation.

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